In an interview with CNN on Thursday, he said that 30 to 40 percent of the world’s gas supplies come from Russia.
Europe wants Qatar as one of the world’s leading suppliers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative source after the Ukraine crisis. Al-Kabi said everyone in Europe had contacted them. But it will not be easy for the EU to look for alternative sources in Russia.
The European Union (EU) has imposed economic sanctions on Moscow over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The alliance wants to reduce its gas dependence on Russia this year, although more than 40 percent of the EU’s imported gas comes from Russia.
“Our plan is to send 50 percent east of the Suez Canal and the other 50 percent west.”
At present, 80 percent of the gas exported from Qatar goes to Asian countries. There are many agreements that prevent many countries from selling gas to others.
Kabi, president and CEO of state-owned petroleum company QatarEnergy, also said Qatar would not take sides in the Ukraine crisis.